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126 of 131 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
Hey Everybody. Want to give my thoughts on the Vasque GTX 2.0 hiking boot.
I'm a big Vasque fan and own a pair of their backpacking boots which after putting around 400 miles on them over some tough terrain, I have to say they are the best that I've ever owned. But, it's time to replace and was hoping for something a little lighter, thus the 2.0 GTXs come into play.

Size: I almost always wear a size 11, probably at least 90% of the time, but maybe I'm a tweener. I started off ordering an 11 and my toes bumped horribly even with crew socks. So, unless you're sure that you run on the small side of a size, try to find a place to try them on first. I had them replaced with a 11.5 and they fit better. It seemed that the width was a little narrow, but after a couple weekend hikes, they have either broken in or I've quit noticing.

Arc Tempo: The Arc Tempo kind of tilts your foot forward giving you a little momentum into your next step. Ok, I like it, but I also wonder if that could have been the reason for the toe bumping in the size 11s. Since my foot is tilted forward it would naturally want to slide to the end. That's just speculation on my part. Regardless, I like the idea of assisting me with each step.

Comfort: Well, I've only worn them on 2 hikes, one 18 miler and one 26 miler. They seem reasonable comfortable and broke in quickly. I had a couple of minor annoyances on the first hike around the collar, but since I didn't notice them on the second hike, I attribute that to the break-in. A little more padding would be nice, but no worse than any other booth that I tried out. Maybe a pair of insoles will fix that.

Waterproof?: There's the question. I'll have to go with mostly. Got caught in a couple of showers on the first hike, stayed dry as expected. On the second hike, there were many water crossings where rock hopping was a must. When water was no higher than the sole, completely dry. When water was slightly higher than the sole but lower than the top of the foot, still dry. But, once the water covered the entire foot, and I'm not talking about the collar around the ankle, I took in a some water. I don't know why. They're gore-tex, so again speculating, I wonder if some water got in through the seam where they sew the gore-tex to fit the boot. Eventually, I hit water that was above the boot and naturally they were wet from then on, since you can't waterproof that situation Anyway, I think you're fine in rain or low level water, be careful covering the entire foot.

Cool & Light?: I'd say yes. They did accomplish the goal of moving to a noticeably lighter weight boot. They do fine on the airflow part also. Normally, on long hikes I swap my between two pairs of wool socks around every three hours. I wear one while the other hangs on my backpack since dry socks will reduce your blisters greatly. This seem like I can go longer between swapping. I hope the trend holds up in warmer weather.

Durability: So far they seem fine. The sole is thick enough to where I haven't felt rocks even with a backpack and they haven't shown any wear and neither has the rest of the boot, but it's still early. I have a 3 week hike coming up on the AT here shortly. If I have any problems there, I'll update my review.

Overall: The Breeze 2.0 GTXs are comfortable, even with a backpack weighing around 30 lbs. I like the way the sole slightly tilts you forward into your next step. The grip seems fine and I haven't noticed any slipping on rocks or damp surfaces - although I can tell that the grip is not quite as aggressive as the Vasque backpacking boot. I'm slightly disappointed on the waterproofing and sizing. So, although not completely blown away by the Breeze, I do recommend them as a safe and solid choice.

Minor Update:

Just finished a little over a two hundred miles on the A.T.

The good: I must have kicked a hundred rocks and never felt more than a bump on the toes. No visible sign of wear. There were some complaints on the previous version of this boot about the glue not holding, but all is good for me so hopefully that was corrected with this updated offering. Caught in a few days of rain and with rain pants covering the collar, I was able to keep dry feet. No blisters until day 18, and they were minor. That may or may not be the case for you since everybody's fit is probably a little different. Since most fellow hikers got blisters sooner, I felt fortunate.

The not so good: They are a bit narrow and even though I went up a half size, I still banged my toes on the downhills. I think I could have gone up a full size since I use thicker wool socks. If you don't have the opportunity to try them on first, I'd suggest going up at least a half size. A little more info about the traction. On steep, rocky, wet descents all was fine if I planted my foot before shifting all of my weight onto it. They did as good as most out there, in fact, probably better than most. But I still missed my old Vasque boots which had the wider toe box and were more forgiving because of the more aggressive tread similar to the current Vasque Bitterroot or Summit. But those will cost you a few more dollars and an extra pound of weight.

I'll stay with my 4 star rating and recommendation as a solid, safe choice. Again, try them on first if you can. Hope this helps and good luck out there.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2013
I generally don't write reviews but these required one. I'd been hiking in my Rocky hunting boots for years and years before deciding to check out a pair of new, lighter weight boots. Why did I wait so long? I received these boots on a Wednesday, laced them up and hiked about 5 miles around a local park with some mild elevation that evening. The next two evenings I put about 3 miles on them each evening just trying to make sure they were not going to be a problem for the weekend. From the first day they were comfortable and never created any discomfort or even a hint of a blister or sore spot on my feet. On Sunday I headed out to Mt. Leconte in the Smokeys. It rained nearly all morning as we climbed the nearly 3000 feet along the 5.5 mile trail to the Summit. Feet stayed dry and comfortable all the way up. The trail is very rocky in places and was muddy in others and I was very happy with the traction throughout. Monday I put 9 more miles on them with about a 2500 foot climb and again was comfortable the entire way. I can't recommend these boots enough!

I'd also like to say I believe the Thorlo hiking socks I purchased at the same time were also a big help and I'm going to go write a great review of them as well.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2013
It is a tragedy but you cannot buy Vasque boots in the UK; but ordering from the U.S. was straightforward and the delivery was excellent in terms of timing and quality. Why go to the trouble of shipping boots from the U.S.?

I have replaced a pair of Vasque Men's Breeze GTX with these Breeze 2.0 GTX boots and I am delighted. They are astonishingly light, highly waterproof, well ventilated in summer and warm in winter. As always some good thick hiking socks are essential and then they give excellent comfort. The sole and lining are good for any ground type. The 2.0 GTX has a more rugged rubber exterior toe cap and heel plate which will help in more rocky / rugged locations but these boots trudge happily through British lowland mud and fields week-in week-out for years (my old pair is completely intact externally, but I have worn them through inside after around 2,000 miles!) Thanks Vasque!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2015
I bought a pair of Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX on May 27th 2014. I happen to noticed that they were tearing up on March 27th 2015
that would make this boot only 10 months old…
That has only been worn inside of an office and never in water or mud...
JFYI
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2013
AUGUST 2014 (not sure why review says Oct 2013??)

I am an avid hiker who replaces boots after 800+ miles, every 7-8 months. For the past few years I've been using Vasque products, favoring the Vasque Breeze GTX (I wore out 3 pair) and when that was discontinued, the Vasque Breeze GTX 2.0. It's safe to say that after about 3200 miles in their product I know the brand, the performance, and the expected wear-rate.

I purchased another new pair of Breeze GTX 2.0 which had their first hike one week ago, and began taking them on my daily 5K hike. With just 18 or so miles on them the outsole is starting to spew chunks of rubber at an alarming rate. Despite being the same tread pattern, the rubber sole feels like it's made of a harder rubber compound than the last Breeze GTX 2.0 that I owned. Taking them out for a hike today I brushed grass off and found lots of chunks missing. Something I NEVER experienced with other Vasque products (or hiking boots by other makers, for that matter). At this rate I don't expect the outsoles to last more than 100-200 miles. Poor performance to say the least.

I have a 24-mile "rim to rim" hike across the Grand Canyon coming up next month. I wanted to put some miles on these boots before that hike. At this rate, even if they last the month, there's no way in heck that I'd trust these boots to cross the Canyon. The last thing I need is for large pieces of rubber to spall off, delaminate, or split, all of which I am certain will occur sooner rather than later. I don't trust a warranty replacement, as I am now soured to the brand, because from this experience I would suspect the rest of their lineup may have similar problems.

This strikes me as a materials-choice issue (bad rubber compound) and not a manufacturing defect, as the rubber itself is failing not the adhesives or stitching.

Vasque has been my go-to hikers that I'd trust anywhere & anytime for the past few years. Until now I'd recommend them to anyone needing reliable hikers. But until they fix this issue, I suggest steering clear, especially if you're hitting some backcountry where boot failure is not an option.

I have contacted the manufacturer directly and will update this review & rating with any remedies (or not) as appropriate.

UPDATE: Manufacturer and Amazon both agreed it was a warranty issue and likely a material defect. I opted for an Amazon return/refund. The replacement boots (Vasque St Elias) so far show no sign of wear and are performing as expected after 2 weeks on the identical trails that tore up the previous pair of Breeze GTX 2.0.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2014
I love this boot. It is very comfortable, fit according to size, ties easily and stays tied more importantly. It is easy on and off.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
I have owned 3 different pairs of Vasque footwear products over the years and all have / still do fit me. Size 13 in these feels a bit smaller than my others though not that bad. Now that I have broken them in they do perform pretty well but I am disappointed in the quality somewhat. I am already having the same issues others are having with materials separating near the front of the boot. I don't even have visible scuff marks or damage to the front yet the glue is separating. My 8 year old Vasque Breeze original versions while they have had the soles replaced due to how much I wear them still to this day are not separating anywhere yet. I am past my return period for Amazon though so just have to deal with it. I'll just make sure to have some boot glue ready in the near future. Sucks from a nearly $150 boot though to not even have 5 day hikes on it yet ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
I bought a pair of Breeze GTX in May of 2012. Within a year I noticed what felt like a rock under my heel when driving. Just AFTER the 1 year warranty I realized that the soles on both shoes were separating. I emailed Vasque, sending pictures, and got no response. I glued them but they didn't hold, and the soles themselves have worn quickly. They also separated at the toe, but the glue held there. Other reviewers have had the same problems.

My last pair of boots was a $99 EMS store brand pair with GoreTex linings that I wore almost every day for 13 years! I would expect a boot that cost $160 to last more than 11 months before falling apart. Definitely not worth the money.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Like the other person, I'm also between sizes, 10.5 -11. Since I wasn't sure what size to get, I purchased Vasque Breeze 2.0 size 10.5E & 11E and Vasque Bitterroot GTX size 10.5E & 11E. Best part Amazon offers free return!

The Breeze is way too small and narrow even though I ordered wide. The length is too short, I measured between Bitterroot and Breeze. Breeze size 11 was actually smaller and shorter than Bitterroot Gtx size 10.5. The most interesting thing that I found was when I measured the length between size 10.5 & 11 of the Breeze, they are exactly the same length! I've never worn any shoes over size 11, this will be my first time trying sizes over 11.

I would consider 1/2 to full size bigger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2015
I normally wear my Vasque Summit GTX (All Leather) for my backpacking trips but wanted to get something lighter to travel out of the country.
I purchased a pair of the Breeze 2.0 GTX in January, 2015 in preparation for a backpacking trip in March. The first pair felt great after just a couple of days of break in time. When tested in the sink for waterproof capability it performed great. However, after the third day of hiking in rocky terrain I noticed that the rubber was missing a few chunks. So I returned the first pair.
I opted for a replacement since the boots were so comfortable. The second pair was just as comfortable as the first pair. I also tested this pair for waterproof capability in the sink. Again, it performed great.
During the first 5 days of backpacking the boots performed great in both tough and easy trails alike. All of this during dry weather. On day 6 the rains began continuing into day 8. By the end of day 6 the left boot began taking water through the Goretex membrane. I was able to dry the interior over night. However, on days 7 and 8 the boot continued to take water and had to be dried again over night. I am now back from my trip and tested the left boot in the sink again. It seems to leak when water reaches the top of the foot. The right boot still remained dry. I am unable to return the second pair since the return period expired. But if I could I would.
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